January 22, 2015 By Jariatu Bangura
According to the recently published 2013 Auditor-General’s report, over Le320 million went missing in the Office of the Chief of Staff at State House in the 2013 financial year.
The report, which has since been tabled in the House of Parliament, reveals that the sum of Le89,440,739 was spent on maintenance of vehicles without an assessment report from the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA).
Accordingly, the report recommends that the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of Chief of Staff at State House should obtain an assessment report from the SLRTA for audit verification within 30 days of receipt of the report, or repay the said amount into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).
Also, the report further states that goods worth Le224,563,109 were said to have been procured, although auditors couldn’t lay hands on delivery notes and store verifier certificates.
In addition, the report says that the sum of Le6,862,000 was spent without any authorized requisition.
The auditors thus recommended that the Director of Finance and Administration should provide necessary documents within 30 days of receipt of the report or refund the monies into the CRF.